Opening In Dallas

On November 1, 2014 I will be meeting and greeting at the opening reception for my next exhibit. It’s at Ilume Gallerie on Cedar Springs near Oak Lawn in Dallas.

The exhibit consists of collages on acrylic painted paper from the “Springtime Suite” series and collages from the “Have Map Will Travel” series. I’ll also be exhibiting several mixed media acrylic paintings on panel. It’s a high-energy show with lots of color and movement in each piece – so get your groove on!

Here’s the info:  Illume Gallerie

4123 Cedar Springs, suite 107 (next to Dish restaurant)

Dallas, TX 75219


Opening Reception – Saturday November 1, 2014 7-10pm

Check out one of the paintings in the exhibit.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24", 2013

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24×24″, 2013




Collage 101


When it comes to making collages my mantra is re-cycle, re-purpose, re-use. If “all’s fair in love and war”, so it is with collage making. There are as many ways to make a collage (2D, 3D, mixed) as there are materials.

(Definition: Collage derives its name from the French verb coller, to glue. The work of art is made by gluing things to the surface).

I start with the scary white paper. Blank. Nada. 100% rag, acid free, often Rives BFK, a lovely, heavy paper excellent for general printmaking.

Rives BFK paper 22x30"

Rives BFK paper 22×30″ 

Sometimes I start by painting on the paper with acrylic paint or making a monotype.

acrylic painted paper

acrylic painted paper

Next comes stash busting. I peruse all manner of my previous prints (etchings, monotypes, collagraphs). The un-wanted. Un-loved. I sort through ephemera.

bits and pieces

bits and pieces


discarded prints

discarded prints



Peruse, then pick. Decide on shapes. Cut out. Add, subtract, shift around, overlap. Build layers. Do not glue down. Changes might have to be made. Do not sneeze or jostle.

Here is the collage in progress with a few details.

collage in progress

collage in progress






Time to glue down all of those little pieces. To help me remember where they all go once they are lifted off the paper I make a few sketches with notations plus marks on the paper for shape locations. Then I remove a section at a time, add acrylic medium for “glue” and weight it down. This is where those old phone books come in handy.

This is the view of Woodcreek Ranch from my studio window. It’s what I see while I wait for the glue to dry.

Woodcreek Ranch - winter

Woodcreek Ranch – winter


I return to the collage and repeat the process of removing, gluing, weighting down and staring. Until it’s finished.

Untitled #1282 collage, 22x30", 2014

Untitled #1282 collage, 22×30″, 2014

There you have it!

You can see more of my collages on my website Click on Tabs “New Work” and “Collages.”

On Exhibit In Denver

I thought I’d give those of you who cannot get to Denver to see my current exhibit at Artwork Network a little tour of the show. I’ll mention several pieces in the exhibit.

On exhibit are collages combining my monotypes, collagraphs, photographs, and found paper. The collages are non-objective; the emphasis is on the relationship of line, color, shape and texture.

Here are a few.

#1235 Untitled photo + collage 30x22 2010


#1236 Untitled, photo + collage 17x24 2010

My photographs generally feature people and places close to home or far away. I celebrate people and the world in which they live, trying to capture that special moment which made me pause to take a second look.

Looking down can often be rewarding. My “Underfoot” series of photos started when I had my head down and noticed the interesting abstract pattern of street and sidewalk marks made by construction workers. We seldom pay attention to such marks but they resonated with me and I began to photograph them wherever I traveled.

I am always open to new ways to express myself as an artist. Combining my prints (re-purposed etchings, monotypes, collagraphs) with found paper to create collages took my work in a different direction. Cutting up and adding the “Underfoot” photos seemed like a logical next step. Their abstract quality echoes that of the other elements in the collage.

#1239 Untitled, photo + collage, 41.5 x 29.5 2010


#1241 Untitled, photo+collage 22x30, 2011

Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. The group of collages called “Springtime Suite” is very energetic with directional movement tightly controlled across or up and down. Inspiration came from a visit to the Dallas Arboretum when it was ablaze with color. 

(#1259) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1260) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1265) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 30×22, 2012

I love to travel and have a large collection of paper maps. Remember those? Why not use them in my collages? Instead of cutting up the actual maps I photographed them, enlarged segments in the computer and printed them out. I cut them up and they became part of the collage series “Have Map Will Travel.”

(#1267) Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30, 2013

(#1272) Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30×22, 2012

(#1273) Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30×22, 2012

Who knows what new elements will work their way into my collages? Or what new series the collages will lead to. Stay tuned!

P.S. The exhibit runs through November 29.


Another Opening of Another Show

On November 1, 2013 I’ll be hanging out at Artwork Network Gallery in Denver, CO for the opening reception of my next exhibit. The reception is from 5-9pm. It’s Gallery Walk night in the Santa Fe Arts District, so the streets will be jumping. Artwork Network Gallery is right in the middle of the action.

I’ll be exhibiting collages. Some combine my photographs of street markings from my Underfoot series with repurposed collagraph, monotype or etching prints, some are collages over acrylic painted paper, and some combine Underfoot photos, prints and maps which have been photographed and digitally printed. Remember maps? I have a collection of them.

Here’s the info: Artwork Network Gallery

878 Santa Fe Dr., Denver CO 80204, 303-388-7420

Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2013  5-9pm

Join me and other artists in the area for a night of mingling among the art. I’d love to meet you.

A sneak peek at one of the pieces in the exhibit.

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

See another piece in the exhibit on my website’s Home Page –


In Like A Lion

Out like a lamb (March).  Unless you live in Boulder, Colorado which got more than a foot of snow the middle of April. Here in Texas, April showers will bring May flowers. The flower show really began with tulips mid March and continues right through spring and summer.

Inspiration, for me, is everywhere. Springtime at the Dallas Arboretum provided just the right burst of color needed for a series of collages I made called “Springtime Suite.” I built the collage on an acrylic painting on paper. I let the painting dictate the overall composition and color scheme of the collaged papers which included my own re-purposed prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings) and found paper. When you look at all seven of the Suite you’ll notice the differences in directional movement from one collage to another. In these collages negative space, the areas in and around the collage, are as important as the collage itself.

The seven collages in “Springtime Suite” express the joy I get from working with color inspired by the spring landscape.

Here are “Springtime Suite 1-4.”

#1259 Springtime Suite 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1261 Springtime Suite 3, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

#1262 Springtime Suite 4, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

Intrigued? To see the complete Suite 1-7 go to my website and click on “New Work.” Check out the rest of the website while you are there.

I hope these collages add some sunshine to your day.



Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month-April 2013

Spring is here! Color is pushing up through the winter soil as daffodils, tulips, forsythia and other spring flowers announce the change in season.

I have selected “Romantic Allusions” for this month’s Art Pick. Not only is it colorful, but like the flowers revealing themselves in the garden, this mixed media work on paper also reveals some hidden elements. Among the collaged papers and painting are sections of colored oil pastel crayons which were initially covered by black pastels. The black was scratched away revealing the underlying colors.

Enjoy whatever is popping up in your garden and add this month’s Art Pick to your collection.

It is available all month at a 30% discount.

#370 Romantic Allusions, acrylic, oil pastels, collage, 22x28, 1989

Price – $800 less 30% = $560. Free shipping.

Ring In The New

#1135 Untitled acrylic, collage on panel, 13x13" 2006

Another year has sped by and here I am again trying to capture those moments, all of which have added up to make 2012 a memorable year. Big moments, like celebrating my 70th birthday in San Francisco with my family, small ones like finishing the Neef’s baby blanket before baby Kate was born. Most of the moments are modest in size but added together they speak to my life, active, inquisitive and hopefully creative.

I’ve always believed the journey is more important than the end, for what is there when the “end” is reached?  As I enter the next decade of my life I hope I will continue to explore and try new things, possibly (probably) failing here and there, but always moving forward. I have no doubt that some of the books on my shelves will go unread (I’m good about putting only one at a time on my iPad), there will be canvas left unpainted and my yarn stash will be diminished only to be replenished. I’ll hope for patience in these and other matters. The tragedies that abound in this world makes us realize how little is in our control. We must experience joy in the things we do and with the people we love right now, as we may not get second chances.

This was the year I started my ArtEveryday blog. I have a tendency to drag my feet when it comes to new technology (just ask my man), but with encouragement (pushing?) and help, eventually come around to embracing the new “new.” Sharing my passion for making art and my love of all things artistic with a wider audience has been fun and rewarding. Once a month seems to work out well. More to come in 2013. Stay tuned and keep re-tweeting!

My family’s blogs have helped me keep up with the world of healthcare, fashion, business, technology, travel, food, books and education. Dan, our non-blogger, has kept me supplied with pictures and videos of granddaughter Sabrina’s activities, which makes the time between visits bearable.

We’ve traveled a lot this year, here and abroad. I would dearly love to finish working on January 2012’s Chile/Argentina pictures before our trip to Iceland in June. Keep your fingers crossed.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions (too much guilt associated with not keeping them) but I recently saw the following list (author unknown) and thought it expressed my desires for the New Year beautifully. I’ll call it my list of good intentions. Maybe it will be your list, too.

Dream             more

Complain        less

Listen             more

Talk                less

Love              more

Argue            less

Hope            more

Fear              less

Relax            more

Worry           less

Believe         more

Doubt          less

Play            more

Work           less

For all of you I hope that 2013 will be a year of great expectations, successes large and small, and many joyous moments.

I’ll begin the New Year with this poem with words of wisdom by Shel Silverstein.


How many slams in an old screen door?

Depends how loud you shut it.

How many slices in a bread?

Depends how thin you cut it?

How much good inside a day?

Depends how good you live ‘em.

How much love inside a friend?

Depends how much you give ‘em.


From me, remember to make your life a work of art.

This Must Be Your Lucky Day collagraph collage, 8x11" on 15x22" paper, 2009


Cecelia’s Art Pick of the Month – November 2012

I have been featuring a piece of my art each month which goes out to my email contacts. Now, it is time to have it make an appearance on this blog. Each month I choose a work of art from my inventory, sometimes an early piece, sometimes a recent one and discount the retail price by 30% and offer free shipping. The price is good for the entire month.

Consider doing your holiday shopping early and select this special piece of art for that special someone. Maybe that special someone is you!

Here is the November Art Pick

#602 Untitled monotype w. collaged vintage photo, 22x30, 1995

Price $800.00 less 30% = $560.00. Free shipping.

Contact me to purchase:

Coming Your Way


My Birthday Collage Project is finished. The collages are on their way!

To celebrate my BIG birthday on September 25 I offered an original collage if people contributed at least $100 to a charity of their choice. I’m thrilled so many took me up on the offer. If you remember, I said I wanted to do this as a way of giving back to everyone who has supported me through all my years of making art. While many on this list have become collectors of my work through the years, the moral support and encouragement from the rest have been invaluable to my growth as an artist.

I derived a tremendous amount of satisfaction from creating these collages. I wanted each one to be unique (no mass production, if you know what I mean). I had to make many decisions regarding design and paper choices. The 4×6” collages incorporate pieces of etchings, monotypes, collagraphs and found paper. Each collage is mounted on a piece of 5 ½ x 7 ½” archival 100% rag paper. It is signed on the front with additional information on the back.

Here are a few of the collages, chosen at random.

Celebration Collage

Celebration Collage

Celebration Collage

Celebration Collage

The collage may be “floated”  so the white border shows or matted.

I said this was to be my summertime project. It certainly kept me busy. I enjoyed every minute of selecting just the right pieces of paper.  Seeing the finished stack of collages was thrilling.

A few comments:

“Giving on your birthday is a great idea!”

“What a nice way to celebrate!”

“What a cool Idea!”

“What a generous offer.”

And, a few more collages.

Celebration Collage

To everyone who enthusiastically responded to my offer, the waiting is over. I hope you enjoy your collage. There is love in every one.

Remember to find art in something everyday.




Some of my recent work is currently in the exhibit “Collected Memories” which just opened at Mary Tomas Studio Gallery, Dallas.

Ready to go.

The operative word for this group of work is “re-purpose.” Same as “re-cycle.” Your choice. I have selected parts of my earlier collagraph and monotype prints, cut them up (yes!) and combined them to make a collage.

collagraph – a permanent collage of materials, inked and printed. Original.

monotype –  a one-of-a-kind print from an image drawn or painted on a plate such as plexiglass or metal. Original.

These collages incorporate parts of my digital photographs from the ongoing “Underfoot” series. The photos capture street markings from many different cities. I like their abstract quality.

This is one such photograph.

Underfoot #3775

Here is the combined photo + collage

#1232 Untitled, photo+collage, 24x20", 2010

Another photo.

Underfoot #7286

As part of the collage.

#1239 Untitled, photo+collage, 41.5 x 29.5", 2011

Here are a few more pieces in the show.

#1233 Untitled, photo+collage, 24x20", 2010

#1241 Untitled, photo+collage, 22x30", 2011

The lines, textures, shapes and colors of the “Underfoot” photos play off against the same qualities found in the collaged segments of prints.

Relationships – that’s what it’s about. And, serendipity. And, not getting hit when I stand in the street taking pictures.

The exhibit runs through June 9. Catch it if you can.